We collect, analyse and publish statistics and management information on the devolved benefits Social Security Scotland is responsible for delivering. We do this by:
- analysing data held and produced by Social Security Scotland
- providing analytical advice
Our work helps Social Security Scotland, the Scottish Government, and other key users to monitor and improve their processes and outcomes.
We publish data to give the public accurate and impartial information on the characteristics of those applying for and receiving benefits we deliver, as well as providing details on our performance. Our work also ensures the organisation fulfils its statutory reporting requirements as a public sector organisation.
All our statistics publications are defined as official statistics by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. They are produced to robust professional standards and follow the guidance set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics.
Currently our statistics are being published as experimental official statistics. Experimental statistics are defined in the Code of Practice for Statistics as "new official statistics undergoing evaluation. They are published in order to involve users and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage".
Some official statistics are also ‘National Statistics’. This means they have been assessed by the independent UK Statistics Authority and are considered to be fully compliant with its Code of Practice for Statistics. We aim to have our statistics designated as National Statistics in the future.
UK Statistics Authority
The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm's length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. Its objectives include the promotion and safeguarding of the production, publication, quality and comprehensiveness of official statistics that serve the public good, and ensuring good practice in relation to official statistics.
The Authority is also responsible for developing and maintaining the Code of Practice for Statistics and assessing all official statistics against this Code, before deciding whether they can be designated as 'National Statistics'.
As part of the Scottish Government Statisticians Group, statisticians in Social Security Scotland work to the same governance and frameworks to produce and publish our official statistics. The links below provide further information on the way we work.
Please note that these links will take you to the Scottish Government Statistics webpages:
- About our statistics
- Producing official statistics
- Accessing data and statistics
- Consulting on statistics
- Statistician Group
Publications and Forthcoming Publications
Our published statistical reports can be found on the Scottish Government Statistics webpages, and will be signposted from here.
Management information published by Social Security Scotland
Some management information publications produced by Social Security Scotland are available from the publication pages of the gov.scot website.
Management information is data that is used in the normal course of business to inform operational delivery, policy development or the management of organisational performance. It does not meet the requirements for Official Statistics, usually due to reasons relating to data quality and value. However, where it is felt appropriate for this data to be published, the core principles of the Code of Practice for Statistics are followed: the data is accessible, data quality and limitations are explained, and there is a clear separation between the published data and any policy or political message.
An example of management information that has been published is the weekly Scottish Child Payment data, which was published from 26 November 2020 to 3 March 2021, and can be found in the publication pages of this website.
Code of practice for statistics
Government statisticians are bound by the Civil Service Code and its core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality. As an addendum to the Civil Service Code, the Statistics Authority code of practice sets out specific principles to guide the work and behaviour of statisticians.
Please contact us at MI@socialsecurity.gov.scot for further information on Social Security Scotland statistics and management information.